Monday, 2 August 2010

Picking Lavender

I looked out of my bedroom window yesterday and saw the lavender in the garden in full bloom. It is the only good thing to come out of this horrible mess of a garden and I am determined to do something positive with it.

Lavender is best picked first thing in the morning before the buds have bloomed fully for the day. Tie each end of the stems with a bit of string and put into bunches of 12/14 (tying each one individually helps the air circulate and they dry a bit better). Hang the bunches up in a dark, dry spot.

I have never dried lavender before and I have heard it can dry in 10 days, but also that it can take 4-6 weeks. I will keep you posted! I will also keep you posted on how well mine are doing hanging out in a not-so-dark spot. I have nowhere in my house where I have a dark place to hang them so they will just have to do hanging in my kitchen.

You may remember when my friend Katie sent me some Home Sweet Home Hearts, and I plan on stealing this idea a little bit by making some pretty lavender hearts once this has dried! Keep an eye out for the results of that in a few weeks!

1 comment:

  1. Lavender is the only thing in my garden that is really doing well this year. *sigh* but it smells so nice!!!

    Good luck with yours! I think I will dry mine later, and.....maybe use it in a floral arrangement? Not sure.


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